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more than 50,000 gallons of oil into the san francisco bay. >>> the pentagon announced a groundbreaking decision this morning extending some military benefits to same-sex partners. the move comes about a year and a half after the u.s. military ended its don't ask/don't tell policy. in the statement leon panetta said the military would no longer provide some benefits to heterosexual couples while denaying them to same-sex couples in the -- denying them to same-sex couples in the military. the change does not extend some housing benefits because the pentagon says the issue requires more review. >>> people in parts of the northeast are still digging out and trying to get back to their normal routines today in the aftermath of the weekend's big nor'easter. the storm dropped up to three feet of snow from new york to maine. the weather system is being blamed for at least 15 deaths in the northeast and canada. utility crews from around the world are working to restore electricity across the region. about 130,000 customers still do not have power. that's down from 650,000 in eight states at the
by the end of the month. as susan mcginnis reports, the pentagon is already slashing military costs. >>> reporter: the uss truman was scheduled to pull out of norfolk, virginia tomorrow to head to the persian gulf but wednesday afternoon word came that truman will stay in port in order to save money. >> playing the waiting game pretty much. it's not very nice not knowing when we're pulling out. >> reporter: the pentagon is cutting u.s. aircraft carriers' presence overseas ahead of $55 billion in budget cuts that kick in march 1. >> this is not a game. >> reporter: outgoing defense secretary leon panetta says congress' inability to find a way to avoid the cuts has endangered america's security. >> these steps would seriously damage a fragile american economy and they would degrade our ability to respond to crises precisely at a time of rising instability across the road. >> reporter: the idea is that the budget cuts would be so objectionable here on capitol hill that congress would agree on an alternative. that has proven to be easier said than don
strikes targeting americans who work with al qaeda overseas. >>> the pentagon is reducing the number of aircraft carriers in the persian gulf to one from two. the defense department made that announcement yesterday as deep automatic spending cuts loom for defense and domestic programs here. those cuts will kick in at the beginning of next month. and unless congress agrees to an alternate budget plan before then. defense secretary leon panetta says severe military cuts would harm the nation's security and the economy. >> we will furlough as many as 800,000 department of defense civilians around the country for up to 22 days. they could face a 20% cut in their salary. you don't think that's going to impact or economy? >> some economists estimated a march 1 sequestration could result in up to a million people losing their jobs. >>> today some house democrats are set to unveil their plans to curb gun violence. the 15 proposals are said to be similar to those proposed by the obama administration, including background checks on all gun purchases and bans
to be president obama's new pentagon chief unless the white house gives more information on the deadly attack in september on the consulate in benghazi, libya. hague sell a former republican senator from nebraska and twice wounded vietnam combat veteran. democrats hold a 55-45 edge in the senate but they need the support of five republicans to clear the way for up-or-down vote. >> medical personnel will be needing the 4,000 people above the crippled carnival cruise ship when it docks in alabama this morning. it is towed slowly from the gulf of mexico by two tugboats after a crippling engine fire on sunday. food is scarce, there is no air conditioning, and bathrooms are backing up. in new orleans there are 15,000 hotel rooms and passengers get a full refund and discounts on future cruises. >> baking barriers with baseball. >> and a big event in the san francisco zoo in time for valentine's >> good morning, everyone. >> you can see in this shot power is out right now to the entire island, middle part of your screen is all dark. that is treasure island. this is a look from the camera on mount ta
right now chuck hagel is due to arrive at the pentagon for his first day of work as secretary of defense. we're looking at live pictures right now. obviously that is the parking lot right outside the pentagon. a lot of cars filling up there. after a seven week political fight, the senate voted yesterday to confirm chuck hagel as defense secretary. he will take the oath of office this morning. then he'll make his first remark to defense department employees in just about three hours from right now. and just two days before massive automatic federal spending cuts are due to kick in no signs this morning of a compromised deal to avoid those cuts. coming up at 5:15 house speaker john boehner very harsh criticism of his senate colleagues for what they say they have not done. >>> let's check back in with sal for a look at traffic. how does it look? >> it looks pretty good. we're off to a nice start. this wednesday, middle of the week. we are getting more people. usually doesn't get really crowded until about 5:30. at the toll plaza we usually don't see a big crowd until 6:00. we have a little
. the pentagon has release the documents detailing goulet's service in the marine corps for six years and he was in the army for three years from 2004 to 2007, and was convicted of being a peeping tom in oregon, santa cruz police arrest logs show he was picked up on friday for disorderly conduct and told the it teen the sergeant baker and detective butler were looking for goulet to question him about breaking into a co-workers home and making inappropriate advances towards her. that is when they were shot. stay with abc for continuing coverage of the santa cruz officers killed and you can always get updates any time on our facebook page abc7 news and you can also find us on twitter@abc7news bay area. >> an 11-year-old boy has been missing since monday. miles never returned to the foster home after school on monday. he could be with his birth mother. she does not have a known address but is frequently seen in the east bay. anyone with information about miles should contact police. >> new details this morning on the search for the prime suspect in the las vegas shooting that claimed the life o
. administrators at the golden gate area say they have started planning for it. >> the pentagon has grounded it's entire fleet of f-35's after finding a cracked engine blade on one plane. officials say that the problem came to light during a routine inspection at edward's air force base. the announcement as some members of congress have been questioning the cost of the f- 35 program. it's the pentagon's most expensive weapons program at almost $400 billion. >>> right now supporters of drake's oyster bay company are holding a vigil to try to keep the company from shutting down. people have been gathering since 6:45 last night at the sacred heart church and say they will stay there until 6:45 tonight. they say they are praying for the 31 employees who could loose their job if the company is forced to shut down. after the department refused to renew the lease that company took it to court and lawyers have just submitted final arguments. >> two california highway patrol officers are talking about their close call with a mountain lion near sacramento. it started last weekend when the two were sent
those years ago. >> this is not a game! >> the pentagon is forced to make deep spending cuts. >> the pentagon will lose $55 billion from its budget over the next nine months. >> we'll keep coming here and i hope it stays here forever. >> and a big party at one of the oldest bars here in the bay area. >> we're at the seven mile house where they are commemorating the 160th anniversary. from across the bay to around the world, the stories that matter on "eyewitness news this morning" >> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald >>> good morning, it's thursday, february 7. i'm michelle griego. >> hi, everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. it is 6:31 i know. >> a violent shooting spree in southern california leaves one officer dead and two others injured. the suspect is an ex-lapd officer. he is now the center of a massive manhunt in southern california. we have live pictures from the crime scene right now. cbs reporter susan mcginnis with the online manifesto that targets the suspect's former colleagues. >> reporter: police helicopters are fl
allen. who is nominated to lead nato forces in europe. allen was also exonerated in a pentagon investigation of questionable email exchanges with a florida woman. she was linked to the sex scandal that led to the resignation of c-i-a director david petraeus. dunford says the move is not about a change of command, its about continuity. >> a big day for boeing. the company is analyzing results of flight tests on it's 7-8- 7 planes. the test saturday was the first since the dreamliner was grounded three weeks ago due to battery fires. the 7-8-7 flew out of boeing field in seattle. spending two and a half hours in the air. the dreamliner is the first commercial plane to rely heavily on lithium-ion batteries. back in january -- a battery short-circuited and caught fire on a plane that landed in boston. >> some incredible video o straight ahead, many people celebrate chinese new year. the year of the stak snake mt. tam. (music) ♪ yeeeowwww! ♪ hot mess hot mess hot mess ♪ ♪ you're a hot kind of love you set me on fire ♪ ♪ you spice up my night feed my every desire ♪ jack
of the three reporting agencies. pentagon officials say the department is not extended some housing benefits to same-sex partners of service members. this is because the issue requires more you and military leaders are worried that it might be on fair. the pentagon is dealing a number detail in a number of other benefits that will be extended to same-sex partners including identification cards and will provide access to commissaries and other services. the military services have until october 1st but the changes into effect. >> the highway four expansion project is now in its final phase. it will include a long awaited bart extension for its east contra costa county bart riders. it is called the bart. caltrans is extending 10 mi. from the dead bird bay point station to hillcrest and the city of antioch. the new bart trains have an environmentally friendly technology. the work on the and jacket system began back in 2010, bar plans to launch a new service in 2017. >> a man is mauled by dog at and east oakland and our neighbors want answers as why a pack of dogs are still the neighborhood after
's confirmation. >>> this morning, former secretary of state, hillary clinton is being honored at the pentagon. we're watching the pentagon this morning. defense secretary leon panetta will be hosting the event on his last day in office. hillary clinton is being honored for her four years as secretary of state during which she traveled more than 1 million miles and visited 1 -- 112 countries. >>> in just hours, the national rifle association will directly respond to president obama's state of the union address. the nra rejects the president's gun control proposal. as kyla campbell reports from our washington, d.c. newsroom, this is all happening as the california congresswoman joins other moms against gun violence today. >> reporter: jackie speier is joining with group moms rising which has more than 1 million members online. speier and members from that group will deliver a petition with 150,000 signatures to lawmakers. that's asking the nra to back off and urging company to boat on the proposals. the nra's vice president and ceo wayne la pierre will directly respond to the president's state of t
of tragic. another voted expected later this month. >> the pentagon is creating a new metal that can be awarded to troops to have a direct impact on combat operations, but had never set foot in a combat zone. >> it is called the distinguished warfare metal. current defense secretary leon panetta gave his approval earlier this week. >> the head of the nra is firing back at president obama. >> criticizing comments he made during the state of the union address. >> he was talking to-build audience and says the president did not talk about keeping children safe at school. >> are hearing that he is more interested in taking away the rights of americans. >> the president use the state of the union address to make an impassioned plea for tougher gun control in many people in the audience were victims of gun violence. >> we will be back with >> we are back. angelina jokie and brad pitt jumping into the wine business. >> carl ahezua at the details. they are expected to produce red wine later this year. >> the 20 year-old actress told people magazine she is considering marcass sang it is one o
say that means as many as 700,000 of the 800,000 civilians who work for the pentagon. >> this is not a beltway phenomenon. on our civilians it will be catastrophic. >> reporter: civilians like sue ann fallenberg a single mom and administrative assistant at a naval school 3,000 miles away from washington in monterey california. >> i would have to get a part-time job to support my family. >> reporter: she is worryied about the 20% pay cut if she's furloughed or put on involuntary pay one day a week. >> can you reduce the rent for 20%? i can't say that. >> reporter: and it's not just cuts to the pentagon dozens of agencies including the fbi will also have to make difficult choices. >> the fbi would be in the position of having to evaluate where those reductions can come from, and that may impact in the national security arena. >> reporter: the president will continue in coming days to highlight the hardships to individuals and to the public at large if the cuts take place. democrats congressional campaign committee also goes on the offensive today.
to go into effect. they would give the pentagon more wiggle room to do something about it to shift money and around invite the white house's own ideas. that will be defeated as well as a democratic plan. the budgetary office found this would increase by a small amount over ten years. everybody is gonna leave town. i don't think congress will be in session tomorrow, on friday, the day these cuts go into effect. everybody will be pointing the finger. already we're talking more about what's going to happen next. for example, the house republicans next weekend may move a bill that basically keeples the automatic cuts in place and -- keeps the automatic cuts in place and gives the pentagon more leeway to shift around money and then moves forward at that lower level of funding for what's called the discretionary budget, tori. >> the president will be meeting with the republican congressional leaders tomorrow for the first time on this topic. why the wait? why wait until after the deadline? why didn't they meet before? >> it's it's sort of a logical question. when the meeting with the congressi
's choice to run the pentagon is a different story. on thursday, former republican senator hagel, a vietnam verb took fire from members of his own party for his opposition to the 2007 troop surge in iraq. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam? were you correct or incorrect? >> i am not going for give you a yes-or-no answer --. >> refuse to answer that? >> he was hammered by g.o.p. senators who believe he is soft on iran and too tough on israel and grilled about referring to pro israeli groups at the jewish lobby. >> i should have used another term. i regret it. >> he did not help when he miss stated president obama's position on iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons. >> i have been handed a note that i misspoke and said i supported the president's position on containment. >> despite the bruising hearing, hagel is still likely to be confirmed. if so he will be the first secretary of defense who saw combat as an enlisted soldier. >> thank you. >> 6:18. the weekend is here, it is a super bowl w
just before budget cuts hit the pentagon. a new snowstorm is crossing the midsection creating havoc for resolution dens still digging out from last week's blizzard bringing heavy snow to kansas and missouri this morning. you can see in the live pictures how much snow is on the ground. they will have a tough job ahead of them. also, we have hurricane-force winds and these are conditions in kansas, and this is wichita. not many cars. a traffic nightmare on the roads, and so many drivers are strapped the national guard was called in. in albuquerque interstate 40 was shut down and truck drivers had to wait it out. >> it costs money to sit still or to run it much like this, empty. hopefully it is cleared. >> the winds were so strong in north texas it peeled bricks from the side of a building. today there are worries severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall are possible across parts of the south and mid-atlantic. so, moving eastward, leaving just a path of destruction. >> absolutely. a lot of snow, two times in a row, they are used to get it once but not twice in the same week or in the sa
panetta address festering is pharaoh's be to the pentagon this morning. >> the latest task combined with missile launches. experts predicting that north korea is trying to develop a nuclear warhead capable of reaching the united states. >> the detonation with about half the size of the nuclear blast in hiroshima during world war two. >> is as we registered as a 5.1 earthquake on the usgs seismic equipment. >> we're learning that president obama will announce that his state of the union address tonight that 34,000 troops will be home from afghanistan by next year. >> we also know the president will focus on boosting job creation, reducing gun violence and revamping immigration. >> he may also is a delays with north korea nuclear test we will see. after tonight's speech to president will hit the road to drum up support for his agenda. hitting three states in the next three days. >> al ceo tim cook will be among those in the capital aryan's as president obama delivers his state of the union address tonight. >> cooke is one the guest/first lady michelle obamas. >> the invitation is the
at the pentagon would -- march 1st at the pentagon would be devastating. the air force chief of staff is talking about big cuts in his branch. the vice chief of nato operations echoing the same, saying three aircraft carriers are tied up because of monetary concerns. we might hear more about north korea but also the underlying battle for the budget of the military as well. >> he says this is a big chance for the president to sell his balanced deficit reduction. the goal is to basically move public opinion forward so that moves congress. do you think the president will be able to accomplish that? >> reporter: that's the $64,000 question about this, isn't it? it's a great opportunity to get out there and take your message to the american people and go over the heads of congress and try to argue for what you believe in. on the other hand, we've seen at various times in modern history, whether it was ronald reagan or bill clinton or more, you can have a great soaring speech but it doesn't always translate into activity. i always remember ronald reagan dropping the big, thick bill that was passed at
: sequestration requires more than one trillion dollars in cuts over a decade, half from the pentagon. it was proposed as a kind of a doomsday scenario --- now, it's potentially just three weeks away. the government has already delayed sequestration once this year---when it avoided going over the fiscal cliff in january. >> gay marriage is one close step closer. and the united kingdom. these victims from spain how now investigating this acalpulco that is causing american and british authorities to issue travel warnings. >> developer right now, the department of justice is sticking by its decision to not pursue any charges against lance armstrong. it was in 2012, after investigation the prosecutors announced they're going to drop the case. the cycling committee and at the time they did not give any reason for dropping the case. the attorneys is that of spite that he was stripped of his titles, he does not have to p an back pay back any of this does not have to p an back pay back any of this money that thhe hello? the words are going this way-there's no way. does not have to p an back p
michelle obama. >> spending cuts are forcing the pentagon to cut its aircraft carrier presence in the persian gulf. >> that is due to congressional fighting over automatic spending cuts in washington. >> plans for the u.s. as harry truman to deploy to the gulf later this week have been cancelled. >> world news and new overnight, new images have been released on iran state tv allegedly showing pictures taken from a u.s. drone captured in 2011. the video shows an aerial view of an airport in a city said to be kandahar , afghanistan. also shows images at a base in eastern iran . >> iran has long claimed did manage to take control of the drone and that is capable launching its own production line for the unman aircraft. u.s. officials say the drone malfunctioned and had to land in iran. >> rescue workers in the solomon islands are having a difficult time reaching remote areas ravaged by yesterday's tsunami. >> this comes at the death toll rose to at least nine people including a child. the tsunami was generated when a powerful 8.0 earthquake hit the town of lata in the easternmost
furloughs today. the pentagon just announced a news conference at 10:00 a.m. pacific to lay out how these automatic spending cuts will affect our spending. there are about 170 federal civilian workers in california. most of them would be furloughed for up to 22 days. that's equivalent to a 20% pay cut over a six-month period. now, those furloughs would not kick in until april, even if sequestration takes effect next friday. businesses that work for the federal government would also cut back. >> that waiting and failing to spend now is what could lead to unemployment now and difficulties later. . >> reporter: we'll -- we'll take a look at what the long- term effects could be on -- on california -- next. >> thank you. >>> a group that supports same- sex marriage is launching a $is million -- is launching a $1 million campaign featuring clips of president obama, former first lady laura bush, colin powell and former vice president, dick cheney, all expressing support for same-sex marriage. the group says the goal of the tv ad is to show there is bipartisan support for same-sex marriage
before massive across-the--board cuts are due to hit the pentagon. the president is pushing lawmakers on capitol hill to reach a deal before those automatic budget cuts begin on friday. >>> as ktvu's kyla campbell reports from our washington, d.c. newsroom, the president says republicans need to compromise. kyla? >> reporter: president obama warns that if lawmakers do not come up with a plan before friday, the country will have to dial with 8 $85 billion in cuts. house republicans passed legislation twice in recent months to make what they call common sense cuts. senate democrats ignored that and came up with a plan that includes raising taxes but republicans re-- refused to do that. they let taxes go up in january. mitch mcconnell just spoke on the senate floor, he said the president are telling americans there are only two options, a tax hike or armageddon. >> the president is a master of creating the impression of chaos as an excuse for government action. >> almost 60% of republicans across the country approach this balanced approach. the only republicans in america that don't appr
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